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Antai skips bidding process for transparency conference

The decision has been widely criticized.

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The decision by the National Authority of Transparency (Antai) to skip the bidding process to award the contract for an international anti-corruption conference in December has led to harsh criticism from civil societies.

Alexis Zuleta, an expert on public procurement, said that the nature of the event was all the more reason not to award the contract directly.

Economist Juan Jované says that this decision can hurt the image of Antai, and considered it strange that it did not publicly bid the contract.

The contract was awarded to Festieventos, S.A., a company that did business with the state for at least $30 million in the last government.

Antai Director Angélica Maytín said the contract was reviewed by the Consumer Protection Authority to ensure it is getting good value for money. 

The conference will be held from Dec. 1-4. It was announced a year ago, but planning for the event only started at the end of June. A report of the entity admitted the bidding process should have started in February.

There will be some 1,500 people from 135 countries at the event. Antai officials interviewed at least 10 companies interested in the contract before awarding it in July.

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